& Mudroom Addition
Affectionately called Phase II, our clients invited us back for a second round of construction. Before we finished Phase I, a whole house renovation project completed in 2018, our clients began to envision a stylish addition over their existing patio slab. Having weathered a full four seasons in Snoqualmie Ridge, they realized four posts and a gable would not deliver four seasons of return on investment. They wanted an outdoorsy, yet comfortable, upscale space to relax and entertain. The new room had to provide indoor-outdoor flow during our beautiful PNW summers, but it also had to provide shelter from the harsh winds and winter weather of the Cascade foothills. The exterior had to seamlessly blend with the existing structure to satisfy HOA requirements. A small but significant second piece of this project added much needed functionality by converting under-utilized garage space into an industrious mudroom. And, of course, it all had to be beautiful!
- Soaring vaulted ceilings with reclaimed wood cladding on the exposed beam
- Custom carpentry: reclaimed wood mantle, shiplap, exterior shingles
- Stunning stone feature wall with gas fireplace and custom, locally forged screen
- Light and airy: oversized sliding screened patio glass and French doors, six skylights, double hung windows, and custom triangular windows on the ridgeline
- A hub of high-functioning storage: a bonus closet and custom mudroom lockers, accessed by a sliding barn door
Square footage, function, storage, value, beauty… our Snoqualmie addition added it all. Ultimately, we were so pleased to create the curated, tailored expression of our client’s dreams with this UNIQuely upscale addition.
“We love, love, love our new room! It is easily our favorite room in the house: football games, Christmas gatherings, family movies, game nights, and more. We get to bring the outdoors inside in the summer and still feel like we’re on the patio, sheltered from snow in the winter. It was a serious investment of time and money, but we are so glad we took the leap of faith. Victor and his entire team poured their heart and soul into this project, and it shows in every last detail. I have nothing but praise for all the hard work, care, and commitment to excellence that went into our home. We’re beyond grateful!” – Cindy M.
Our clients provided a full set of permitted construction plans from a separately commissioned architect. Demolition done, framing finished, roof and walls wrapped, sided and shingled, we enjoyed the rewards of interior work during a snowy Snoqualmie winter. Our craftsmen welcomed the morning sunlight and opened views of the backyard treescape with multiple window and door installations. Rising to the challenge, our seasoned tile and stone artist constructed a striking stone feature wall with soaring sections of mitered corners. Once again, his unfailingly beautiful work amazed our clients. Our team of expert electricians installed sconces, pendants and a ceiling fan to create layers of ambient and task lighting. Exterior lighting, ventilation, a gas line extension and fireplace installation completed the electrical, plumbing and mechanical work. The new patio room became a showcase of masterful carpentry as evidenced in the shiplap covered vertical surfaces, as well as the reclaimed wood clad beam and mantle. UNIQ also enclosed a portion of poorly utilized garage square footage, transforming it into bonus storage space. The project concluded with the construction of a lighted, walk-in closet, a floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry mudroom locker for each family member, and installation of a custom stained sliding barn door.
Construction plans required demolition of the existing patio slab thought to be four inches thick. Excavation revealed sections as deep as 10 to 12 inches. That’s a lot of concrete! UNIQ’s highly skilled professionals persevered with grace under pressure to complete the grueling task. No one wants to hear a jackhammer first thing in the morning, so we employed a delicate balance of respect and haste to minimize impact to surrounding neighbors. We hauled away a mountain of debris through a narrow side yard one wheelbarrow at a time. This was one tough start to what would become one beautiful finish!
Happy Accidents and Change Orders:
The specified stone arrived pink instead of white. Yes, pink. A bold, eleventh hour decision inverted the room’s color scheme – a happy accident, indeed. Originally, the room was slated to be a deep, verdant and moody hue surrounded by bright white trim with a white stone feature wall and bright white ceilings. The unforeseen changes resulted in dynamic composition: richly textured, charcoal stacked stone ascends into a black-as-you-can-go-without-scaring-clients ceiling set against crisp white shiplap walls. The clients also requested additional trim carpentry work and purchased additional lighting installations.
Frustrating but necessary excavation requirements strained the budget. Concessions had to be made. The clients tackled all interior and exterior painting themselves to reduce costs. They postponed finishing the floor and opted for simple, polished concrete. The original wish list included accordion-style, linear bifold patio doors. Surprisingly, that style door can cost upwards of $1,000 per linear foot. Door specifications changed to a more standardized set of sliding glass doors. We eliminated transoms and opted for a matching set of oversized 8-foot-tall sliders: four panels to the East and two panels to the North. In the end, we were able to save thousands of dollars without sacrificing an ounce of light or function. Our clients had no regrets about the decisions, and we think there’s still plenty of wow factor in this refreshingly dramatic space!
Stone: El Dorado Architectural Stacked Stone in Dark Rundle
Interior Paint – Patio: Benjamin Moore: Wrought Iron, White Ice, Chantilly Lace
Interior Paint – Mudroom: Benjamin Moore: Black Forest Green, Sea Haze
Exterior Paint: Benjamin Moore: Coventry Gray, Kendall Charcoal, Chantilly Lace
Light Fixtures: Kichler Barrington
Gas Fireplace: Fireplace Xtrordinair
Barn Door & Hardware: Real Carriage Door & Sliding Hardware – Knotty Alder “X” Pattern